Three College Football Win Total Bets
Not all online sportsbooks offer season win totals on every college football team, but one has taken the risk - and provided the wagering opportunity - in 2012.
Here are three win totals to consider for this season, with odds courtesy of 5Dimes:
Baylor Bears – Over 6.5 wins (+125)
Despite the loss of the prolific Robert Griffin III, some believe Baylor still has a ton of talent remaining.
NFLDraftScout.com ranked the top 780 NFL prospects eligible for next year’s draft - Baylor had 17, four more than Alabama. The Bears have nine more than Oklahoma State, a team they host in a regular-season finale that could determine whether Baylor reaches seven wins or not.
It’s an eye-opening stat that shows just how good of a job Art Briles has done upgrading that program.
Senior Nick Florence has the unenviable task of replacing Robert Griffin III, and the initial instinct is to expect a considerable downgrade. However, Briles’ quarterbacks have always put up big numbers, and Florence is seasoned to step in.
A three-star recruit out of Texas, Florence hit 9-of-11 throws with two touchdowns in the second half of a rout of Texas Tech last season and played a lot as a freshman in 2009 with Griffin injured.
The Bears start off the season at home against SMU and Sam Houston State before traveling to Louisiana-Monroe. They’ll have more NFL talent than the five Big 12 teams they face at home as well: TCU, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State.
TCU Horned Frogs – Under 8 wins (-115)
With Baylor going up, someone’s coming down in the upgraded Big 12. TCU certainly had an offseason that lends itself to a step back.
The Horned Frogs are trying to get past a giant drug bust that cost them four players and involved junior quarterback Casey Pachall.
What Gary Patterson has done at TCU is amazing, winning at least 10 games in eight of the last 10 seasons - but remember he was doing that against weekly Conference USA and Mountain West competition.
Washington State Cougars – Over 5.5 wins (+120)
Mike Leach never won fewer than seven games at Texas Tech. He inherits better talent at Washington State than he did at Texas Tech.
Several Pac-12 coaches had commented on the Cougars’ improvement in Paul Wulff’s final two seasons, as Washington State went 14-10 against the spread the past two seasons.
Now the Cougars pick up the second-best available coach behind Urban Meyer to take over a team with an experienced senior quarterback in Jeff Tuel and an elite wide receiver in Marquess Wilson.